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Severe pain in neck, shoulders, arms, headache. X-ray shows straightening of cervical spine. How to rectify?

Im suffering from acute pain in my neck spreading towards shoulders, arms and causes severe headache. i got the xray of my neck which shows straightening of cervical spine due to muscular spasm . this problem is hampering my routine life to great extent. it may be pertinent to note here that i am already suffering from L4, L5, S1 disc herniation for last 6 years. when my lower back problem started it badly affected my mobility since it caused me sciatica . i took various pain management medicines and also many sessions of physiotherapy. now i dont have that particular acute sprouting pain in my left leg on walking which i had initially but pain has spread over whole my spine. please advice me what should i do?
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
It looks to me that you are having symptoms of cervical spondylitis. i would suggest you to take following steps.
1.Avoid using very high pillow or a very soft mattress
2. Take tablet Pregabalin and Methylcobalamine daiy
3.Apply hot water fomentation and Diclofenec ointment at neck
4.Visit a physiotherapist and start neck muscle strengthening exercises
5.Myoril or Myospaz are muscle relaxant if pain and tightness is very severe
MRI needed if symptoms persist after these steps.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jul 2014
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for your query.

You might suffering from cervical spondylosis. It is a common degenerative condition of the cervical spine. It is most likely caused by age-related changes in the intervertebral disks.

I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination.You may get the MRI of the cervical spine under his/her guidance to look for nerve compression.

Your doctor after diagnosing the condition may refer you for physical therapy. The physical therapist will help you reduce your pain using stretches. The therapist will show you how to do exercises that make your neck muscles stronger.
You can take analgesic and muscle relaxant after discussing with your doctor.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
Answered: Fri, 18 Jul 2014
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